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Daily Digest: AC50 circuit, VOR update, 2024 Olympic Classes and more

SAN DIEGO – Today is the 12th Day of Christmas, or as our Spanish friends call it, "El Día de los Reyes" – the Day of the Kings. For those of you who celebrate it, time to take down those Christmas decorations (as we will do here at the Beach Street YC this evening), and start getting on in earnest with the New Year. As always, below are the latest links to major yacht racing stories, including links to major stories we otherwise posted on Sailing Illustrated since our previous Daily Digest.

While we are going on about España, Cumpleaños Feliz to His Majesty King Juan Carlos, whose 80th birthday was yesterday. Recall that in 2017 he won the classic division at the 6m Worlds hosted by the Royal Vancouver YC. HMKJC retains his title as King even though his son Felipe, also a sailor who competed in the 1992 Olympics in the Soling Class (your Ed. had the honor of umpiring some of their matches – story for another time) is now officially on the throne.

Official portrait of His Majesty King Juan Carlos on the occasion (yesterday) of his 80th birthday.

Neil Pryde: Windsurfing must remain as an Olympic Sport. [The political push-back has been ramping up since Sailing Illustrated broke the news, never challenged by World Sailing, that the world governing body has a plan to radically change the class lineup for the 2024 Games, including dropping Windsurfers to make way for Foiling Kiteboards.]

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